Origins of the Modern Mind: Three Stages in the Evolution of Culture and Cognition

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Harvard University Press, 1991 - Medical - 413 pages
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This bold and brilliant book asks the ultimate question of life sciences: How did the human mind acquire its incomparable power? Origins of the Modern Mind traces the evolution of human culture and cognition from primitive apes to the era of artificial intelligence, and presents an original theory of how the human mind evolved from its presymbolic form. Illustrated with line drawings.
 

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ORIGINS OF MODERN MIND: Three Stages in the Evolution of Culture and Cognition

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``The modern era, if it can be reduced to any single dimension, is especially characterized by its obsession with symbols and their management.'' So says Donald (Psychology/Queen's Univ., Kingston ... Read full review

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Donald's three-stage model of primate evolution begins with a plausible description of primate cognition at the level of chimps. He then proposes the crucial intermediary stage between chimp ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
2
Darwins Thesis
20
A Multidisciplinary Puzzle
42
Neuropsychological Aspects of Evolution
58
The Case of Brother John
82
The Chronology of Anatomical and Cultural Change
95
A Recent Innovation
115
Episodic Culture
124
Neuroanatomical Considerations
193
Symbolic Invention
216
The Speech Adaptation
236
What Is Localized?
261
Visuographic Invention
275
A Hardware Change
308
The Emergence of Theoretic Culture
333
The Hybrid Modern Mind
355

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145
A Definition
148
From Episodic to Mimetic Culture
162
Modalities of Mimetic Expression
177
Localization after the Third Transition
373
Acknowledgments
403
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Merlin Donald is Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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